Play with me, Mommy!

Written by Stephanie Foster

Whether you work at home or just stay home withrepparttar kids, this is a request that is hard to ignore, but it always seems to come when you have to get something done. It's hard to get dinner done or customer taken care of when your children want you. It's time to plan and set up rules.

If you're cooking, and your child is too young to help, you need to find some way to keep them distracted. Having a cabinet that they are allowed to play in helps, although it won't always solverepparttar 117179 problem. You have to decide whether to block offrepparttar 117180 kitchen when you are cooking or find a more effective way to distract a clinging child. If possible, have a special toy that your child can use when you just can't stop to play with them. You are best off if you can set up rules when your child is young, so they get used to them easily and with minimal protest.

Work from home job? Business? How do you decide?

Written by Stephanie Foster

It's a big decision to stay home with your family, rather than continue in a traditional job outsiderepparttar home. There are many choices you must make if you decide to work from home, and many pitfalls to avoid.

The first things to look at are your skills and interests. Working from home is in some ways more difficult than working outsiderepparttar 117178 home (but more fun, since you don't have to leave your children), so do what you love if at all possible.

Next, decide if you are interested in a job or a business. You will need to considerrepparttar 117179 hours you want to work as well. Many jobs need you during traditional business hours; others allow you to work your own. Likewise, many home businesses need regular hours, others, such as party plans, require a great deal of evening and weekend work.

Consider how much money you can invest. If you want a work at home job, you should not have to pay to getrepparttar 117180 job itself, but some do have other investments required. For example, in addition to running my website, I do medical transcription. This required that I get appropriate reference books, and I rent a Dictaphone from my employer. Do not pay to getrepparttar 117181 job under any circumstance. Just remember that you wouldn't pay for a traditional outsiderepparttar 117182 home job. Businesses, onrepparttar 117183 other hand, often require some sort of investment, depending onrepparttar 117184 kind of business. Some may even have monthly costs, such as for websites or supplies. Know what you can afford.

Think about how much interaction with other people you want. If you're not interested in telling everyone you meet about what you do, a business may not be for you, particularly if you have to sell things in person.

Take a look around your home and figure out what you can use for office space. You will need a place you can keep all your business supplies and work in relative peace. Remember, if you take a job taking calls, most employers require that you not have children yelling inrepparttar 117185 background. Even if you can have your kids around, you will get more done in a peaceful environment.

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